After the seemingly never ending winter months, us plant-lovers are longing for new garden finds, dirt on our hands and the arrival of flowers.
Let spring planted bulbs be the first thing you add to your garden after the danger of frost has passed!
In this blog, we’ll talk about choosing the ideal bulbs, when to plant them, how to use them in the garden, and even highlight a few Nature Hills’ top picks! Let’s get started.
First things first, when we say spring planted bulbs, we are talking about summer blooming flowers. You’ll plant these during the spring season for gorgeous blooms that come in the summer.
This is not to be confused with spring blooming bulbs– these are bulbs that are planted in the fall and flowers grow during the early spring.
With so many choices in colors, petal textures and variety types, how could someone ever choose which bulb is the right one for them? Well, good thing you don’t have to because ALL OF THEM are the right ones for you!
Yes you read that right, every single spring planting bulb is a prime choice. They add color and life to any landscape or garden– no matter the shape, size or style.
If you want an array of vivacious hues that make your garden pop, we have the flowers to create that! From vibrant pinks and purples to eye-catching reds and oranges, you can grow yourself a rainbow for all to see.
Looking for a more soft, aesthetic looking bulb garden? We can do that too. Try buying the bulbs with delicate white petals or smooth light yellow blooms.
A few even carry unique, darker shades that can either serve as a backdrop to the bright colors or stand out amongst the garden as the main show.
Basically what we’re saying is that our spring planted bulbs can serve any purpose in any garden!
It’s common to wonder when you should actually place these bulb flowers in the ground and the answer is: if we ship them to you, then you can plant them! However, most often these will be planted in early to mid-spring as the danger of frost has passed in your growing zone.
Once you get your summer blooming bulbs, how do you plant it correctly? There are a few different ways you can choose to plant these flowers. Some want to place them in containers and others are looking to place them in the ground. Either way they will look pretty!
But, today we’ll be discussing planting them in the ground.
When you order your bulbs to plant in spring, be sure to read the description page as it holds accurate information. For example, we will suggest the correct amount of sun or shade, soil type and moisture needed for the plants to perform best.
This will help you choose the ideal location when your flower bulb arrives. Once you have the perfect spot identified, the fun begins– planting time!
A good rule of thumb to follow for depth is 2 to 3 times as deep as the height of the bulb. Place your bulb inside the hole. Keep the roots facing down and the pointy side facing up towards you. Then, backfill the hole with soil! Yes, your bulb will be completely submerged.
Now time for watering! This is important because your newly planted bulb needs to get acquainted with the new growing space.
How much water will your bulbs need? They will need to make some new roots, so dunk the bulbs in some water while you dig your holes. Then soak it really well to settle the soil around each bulb. This will help to wake up the bulb and start making some new roots in your soil.
Check the soil moisture with your finger to keep it moist but not too wet. Remember the bulbs will not use a lot of water at the start until it makes new roots and starts to grow.
Finally, you wait until the bulbs start to beautifully bloom. The spring planted bulb will grace the garden with vibrant colors and soft petals come summer.
Spring bulbs can be used in a variety of ways outdoors and even indoors! When planning, be as creative as you want or rely more on simplicity.
More often than not, you’ll see summer blooming bulbs used as focal points in front yards. Who wouldn’t want to show off these beautiful babies? Our favorite use is around a mailbox or tree– it just adds a colorful bonus!
Another fan favorite is to line them along the front side of your porch! This distracts from the porch wall. Plus, you can compliment your house by using certain bulb colors.
Gardeners appreciate the vivid color and big blooms as their garden beds have never looked better. Imagine creating a lovely, planned out mixture of bright hues, textures and sizes. The compliments would be never ending!
Even place these bulbs in decorative containers! That way the fun can move to whatever spot feels drab that day. Place two containers on opposite sides of your front door for a nice greeting gesture to guests. Or move the containers inside to glow up your living room or kitchen!
The best part about these bulbs is that they all make charming cut flowers. Grab a vase and you’ll have easy access to a homegrown bouquet that freshens up any area.
With spring planted bulbs, the possibilities are endless thanks to the array of colors and varieties– be creative or simple!
Okay..besides all of them being our favorites, we’ve managed to choose a few of our top picks. If you’re struggling with choosing which spring bulbs to put in your garden this year, these can help get you started:
It’s powerful. It’s dauntless. It’s vivid. The Pulp Fiction Dahlia brings the fire to any landscape! With dramatic red blooms contrasted by deep-purple foliage, this bulb demands attention.
And we’re here to give it– along with butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators attracted to the daisy-like flowers!
The compact Pulp Fiction Dahlia fits just about anywhere and blooms all summer long without fading. Unlike most Dahlias, this selection has great foliage, incredible non-stop flowering, but the size is much smaller than most and is great as an edging plant. We suggest placing it along a walkway so that it can be extra admired by all.
Plus, growing this bulb is a breeze! It performs well no matter the soil type, including clay and acidic. Just ensure the ground is well-draining.
So, if you’re searching for a flower that does all the work while being low-maintenance, you have found the one.
Immediately revamp your garden when you add the Flame Calla Lily. With an array of oranges, reds and yellows – this full sun flower brings a sense of tropical flair to any space!
It grows well planted in masses within a garden bed, as cut flowers, along a walkway border and even in containers too! Wherever you lack color, the Flame Calla Lily can be added to save the day.
You may begin to notice that from bloom time through fall, this bulb’s elegant, chalice-shaped petals slowly shift into a bold orange shade with age. It only adds more to its glory!
And, when it’s not in full bloom, count on the deep-green leaves acting as a backdrop for others!
There’s no getting brighter than the Double Yellow Begonia! Once bloomed, there is no ignoring the large, vivid buttery yellow flowers that sit atop deep green foliage. And that’s exactly what every garden needs– a showstopper!
The best part? The Double Yellow Begonia is versatile, so you don’t have to worry about where it will shine the most.
That means you can enjoy the color indoors too! It thrives in both containers and the ground.
A few hummingbirds will pay a visit, but no need to worry about deer taking a bite out of it as this spring bulb is deer resistant.
We can’t wait to start planting these flowers and we know you feel the same way! You simply won’t believe how they can transform a landscape.
Be rid of the winter blues with a few Begonias and Lilies– spring planted bulbs are a great way to hit the ground running.